Category: Spice Up Your Life

Ground beef stroganoff recipe is right on

When I was a kid, I remem?ber catching a few episodes of ?Supermarket Sweep? with my mom. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it was a show based on trying to guess prices of items in a grocery store, and each episode would culminate in someone running through the store with a cart, trying to fill it with as […]

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You’ll like chocolate chip banana cookies a bunch

In my humble estimation, the best part of Election Day is that we?re finally done listening to negative attack ads. It?s no wonder most of us have a bad attitude when it comes to politics and politicians. It?s difficult to be positive when no one is putting positive information out there. Just once I?d like to see a campaign that […]

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This quick dish will be ‘pasta’-round the table

The past week was hectic around our house. I hosted our high school?s annual debate tournament on Saturday, Joey came home with all kinds of stories from his adventures at a wedding in Texas and I spent a few evenings at the school for parent-teacher conferences. (As a side note, I had some very pleasant conversations, and it was a […]

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Feel like one smart cookie with this recipe

The Internet is full of promises of des?serts baked in mugs in the micro?wave. To be honest, I haven?t always had a ton of luck with the different ?cake in a mug? recipes out there. I feel like Goldilocks as I wade through the recipes. Some are too moist, some are too dry, and only a few are just right. […]

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Pasta e fagioli a mouthful to say, but so good

Every once in a while, when I?m out to eat at a restaurant, I find myself in a conundrum. I look at the menu and spot a dish that looks amazing, but when I start looking at the name, I begin wondering whether I?ll be able to even pronounce it to order it. Often, I?ll decide that my embarrassment isn?t […]

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Stewing over a busy calender? Fill the freezer

As I look ahead at our Octo?ber calendar, it?s become painfully clear just how busy Joey and I will be this month. There isn?t much more space to add engagements, and with both of us moving in opposite directions over the next few weeks, coordinating meals won?t be very easy, either. That?s why I was excited to try a recipe […]

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Stewing over a busy calendar? Fill the freezer

As I look ahead at our Octo?ber calendar, it?s become painfully clear just how busy Joey and I will be this month. There isn?t much more space to add engagements, and with both of us moving in opposite directions over the next few weeks, coordinating meals won?t be very easy, either. That?s why I was excited to try a recipe […]

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You ?butternut? pass up this tasty recipe

Earlier this week, I found myself standing in front of the vegetables at the grocery store. I stopped in for some milk before I headed home, but I also had no idea what I wanted to make for dinner. That?s when I spotted something that looked beautiful, delicious and ,well, on sale: butternut squash. Personally, I love squash, and I?ve […]

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This recipe will make you one smart cookie

A few weeks ago, I was forced to do what I very rarely do: call in sick. It took Joey reminding me that a speech teacher without a voice is probably fairly ineffective before I logged onto my computer and e-mailed off my substitute plans. After I spent most of the day asleep on the couch with our schnauzer, Joey […]

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Peach dumplings are anything but the pits

By now, I?m guessing many of you have discovered the apple dumplings made by Ree Drummond, more commonly known by her blog and TV show, ?The Pioneer Woman Cooks.? If you haven?t, they?re to die for, and you should try them (the recipe is at http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/02/apple_dumplings/ ?I always double the vanilla and add extra cinnamon). Every fall, I find myself […]

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